Environmental Studies - BA


  • “Pitt-Bradford is sitting in a perfect spot for collaboration with state parks and national forests. You’re right there for the study sites.”

    Jonathan Heck, of Pittsburgh, PA, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies

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    Program Contact:  Dr. Stephen Robar

    Visit our Environmental Studies Program Website 

    Our environmental studies program is very hands on. Nearly all of our students participate in field research and internships. As a student, you will have the opportunity to examine many local and regional issues, including water quality, forestry, conservation, game management, local agriculture, energy exploration, and alternative and emerging energies. You'll do that on a campus that is surrounded by opportunity: the Allegheny River, the Allegheny National Forest, Allegany State Park and even the Tunungwant Creek (affectionately called The Tuna), which runs along the southern end of campus.

    Our program is also an interdisciplinary program, and you will study global environmental concerns as well: natural resource management, soil erosion, deforestation, ocean health, global warming and food scarcity. Then, when you graduate, you'll be prepared for many types of jobs related to the environment. You can study it. Clean it. Manage it. Write stories about it. Even create laws to protect it. Or, you can take what you've learned and go to graduate school.

     

    What can you do with a degree in Environmental Studies. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

     

    Course Requirements in Major


    Three Lab sections: 
    Students must complete three lab sections in biology and/or chemistry approved by their advisor. 

    Environmental Studies Elective Requirements:
    In addition to the core requirements, you need to take five additional classes, two of which must be upper-level,  from an approved list of environmental studies electives. You should consult with your advisor to find out which classes would best serve your professional interests and career goals.

    Total Minimum Credits for Major: 57

    Additional Information:

    Note: Many of the courses in the core, as well as the electives, can be used to satisfy your general education requirements. You should consult with your primary advisor as soon as possible to set up a program of study. 

    Visit our Environmental Studies Program Website 

    Mulcahy Mary

    Dr. Mary Mulcahy

    mnp1@pitt.edu

    Director and Associate Professor of Biology Program

    814-362-0259

    203J Fisher Hall


    Page Gregory

    Dr. Gregory Page

    glp5@pitt.edu

    Director of Psychology Program, and Associate Professor of Psychology

    814-362-7504

    235B Swarts Hall


    Robar Stephen

    Dr. Stephen Robar

    robar@pitt.edu

    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science

    814-362-0242

    232 Swarts Hall


    Ulin Donald

    Dr. Donald Ulin

    ulin@pitt.edu

    Director of English Program, Associate Professor of English

    814-362-0243

    Swarts 102A


    Gajanan Shailendra

    Dr. Shailendra Gajanan

    sng1@pitt.edu

    Professor of Economics and Chair of the Division of Management and Education

    814-362-7628

    117B Swarts Hall


    Soriano Dave

    Dr. David Soriano

    soriano@pitt.edu

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    814-362-7544

    203H Fisher Hall


    Kropf Matt

    Dr. Matt Kropf

    mmk230@pitt.edu

    Director of Energy Institute and Assistant Professor of Energy Science and Technology

    814-362-5197


    Jordan, Helma deVries-

    Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan

    hdevries@pitt.edu

    Director of History and Political Science Program, Assistant Professor of Political Science

    814-362-7586

    217B Swarts Hall


    Piechnik, Denise

    Dr. Denise Piechnik

    dapiech@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    814-362-5011

    211B Swarts Hall


    Schummer, David

    Dr. David Schummer

    djs56@pitt.edu

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    814-362-7573

    203B Swarts Hall


    Odorisio, Melissa

     Melissa Odorisio

    odorisio@pitt.edu

    Laboratory Administrator

    814-362-7570

    203A Fisher Hall


    Frantescu, Ovidiu

    Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu

    odf1@pitt.edu

    Director and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology Program

    814-362-5106

    103E Fisher Hall


    Franţescu, Adina

    Dr. Adina Franţescu

    adf50@pitt.edu

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology

    814-362-5106

    103E Fisher Hall


    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    Jobs:
    • Department of Agriculture in Erie, PA
    • Regulatory affairs at Gernatt Asphalt Products in Collins, NY
    • Biological sciences technician for the U.S. Forest Service
    • Corrosion technician at Spectra Energy in Harrisburg, PA
    • Quality assistant at Allegheny Bradford Corp.
    • Law enforcement ranger at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    • Field technician at Wellington Energy, Warrendale, PA
    • Nuclear engineer trainee for the U.S. Navy
    • Field researcher at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Cerulean Warbler Project 
    • GIS specialist with the Department of Agriculture
    • Laboratory and field technician for Penn State DuBois
    Graduate School:
    • Johns Hopkins University's Boomberg School of Public Health
    • Appalachian State University
    • Rochester Institute of Technology